Star City Optimist Youth Foundation
SCOYF coordinates the joint activities of Lincoln’s Optimist Clubs. Organized as a 501(c)3, it is able to accept tax deductible gifts and contributions from companies and individuals to support its role.
ORGANIZATION: The SCOYF Board of Directors is comprised of two representatives from each club plus an elected president, secretary, treasurer, and Zone Lt. Governor. It operates on the “Optimist Year” calendar beginning October 1st.
A major project of SCOYF is the Optimist Youth Sports Complex, comprised primarily of 4 baseball/softball fields at 5300 S. Folsom in SW Lincoln. Fields or the clubhouse are available for rent.
Regular activities coordinated by the SCOYF include:
TIME FRAME ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION
Sept/Oct Tri-Star Football Hosts five local Punt, Pass, and Kick contests plus State Finals at Nebraska Wesleyan attracting 150+ qualifiers.
November Community Awards Honoring “lifetimes of serving youth” volunteers with Hartley Doane Mentoring and Bob Lund Sportsmanship Awards plus a Corporate Award.
Dec-Feb Academic Decathlon Host “practice scrimmage” here in Lincoln, assist at Regional and StateFinals for 50+ participating state high schools.
Winter/Spring Oratorical & Essay Holding local Oratorical and Essay qualifiers for State and Int’l contests.
March MIT Basketball On-site ticket sales assistance for YMCA with Midwest Invitational Basketball Tourney involving nearly 400 teams from grades 3-8.
April/May Tri-Star Baseball Host local and Sectional MLB Pitch, Hit, & Run skills contests
Summer Fun Day in the Park Work with local neighborhood associations and service agencies to provide a fun, educational experience in a local park.
June/July Homer’s Heroes Baseball program for over 100 physically and mentally challenged youth ages 6-17 on eight teams who play a 6 week season.
Fall CCC Fundraisers and distribution for the Childhood Cancer Campaign benefiting local families, on our Family Registry, area camps, and national pediatric cancer research .
Fall Newspaper Salute A 2 page Optimist Salute in the Neighborhood Extra highlighting activities of each club, any special activities, and promoting membership.
Monthly All Optimist Newsletter Email or regular mail of SCOYF & Sports Complex activities.
Year around Website www.starcityoptimists.org for club and Foundation information